• Home Composting

    How to compost

    Composting safely

    Which bin to choose?

    Your compost ingredients

    Emptying your bin

    To Turn or not to Turn?

    How long to compost?

    Worms and Wormeries

    Topical Composting

    Kitchen Waste

    Prickly prunings

    Weeds and weeds

    Too much grass

    Leaves for leafmould

    Seasonal Tips


    Leaflets to download

    Unwelcome guests

    home compost binASK, the composting experts, have been working with householders in the Scottish Borders to help them turn their kitchen and garden waste in to first rate compost.

    To find out more about home composting follow the links to the side and discover how to solve all your composting problems.

    As Summer fades in to Autumn
    we are faced with mounds of stalky stuff cut from the borders, hedge cuttings, prunings and much more than will fit in our composters. For tips on how to shrink the volume of this material see Autumn Clearing and Composting in Autumn

    But the grass is still growing - Grass cuttings make a wonderful mulch for veg, fruit bushes, hedges and shrubs.
    In large gardens install extra composting units so you can conveniently empty the grass box.

    Mix the grass cuttings with other garden waste, like weeds, or soft card and paper.

    If you don't know what to do  with your garden rubbish try our Garden Waste Solutions for advice 
    If you plan to make changes to your garden, it is a good idea to take into account and plan for the waste that those changes will generate. Often a few simple tweaks will minimise problems.

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    Seasonal Tips

    ASK have been working with Scottish Borders Council to provide advice and support for those householders who make compost at home. We have a comprehensive set of leaflets designed to help you make better compost. These explain the best ways of making good compost, how to use compost in the garden and how to deal with all the address composting problems you may have.